Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Darkness and the Light of Christmas


All Saints Church, Mattishal + Tree
Originally uploaded by rocketjohn

In the church I attend, these Advent Sundays include a rather dark church and 3 tall Christmas trees at the front, shining with white lights as the main illumination and decoration.
At the front of the church is a simple table with an empty wine glass and an empty bread plate, instead of the communion table of wine and bread.
Two ministers stand behind this stark table, to anoint us with oil, if we wish, and yes, I do.
This solemnity is precious to me and seems so right. The trees with white lights are very pure and full of promise.
Soon He will be born.
What parts of Christmas make your soul sing?

12 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

So pretty!

I think it's the music that gets to me the most - so many heartfelt and lovely tunes.

farmlady said...

What a wonderful feeling of sureness this post has.
This must be what "belief" is.

the wild magnolia said...

This is beautiful. I love the light contrast against the dark. Clarity.

Thank you.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

beautiful...i love the music too...

Chatty Crone said...

I love the Christmas Story. sandie

Nezzy said...

That is amazing sweetie!!!

I think seein' the eyes of children at Christmas makes my heart sing!

God bless ya and have an incredible week!!!

the wild magnolia said...

Thanks for stopping by my other blog!

xinex said...

This is beautiful, Terra! I would love to have you over for tea or coffee. I have a Nespresso capuccino/expresso maker and it has a frothier. All I do is put milk in it (looks like a thermos bottle) and turn it on. The light turns off when it is ready and frothy. It's the best machine out there in my opinion and so simple to operate. Thanks for stopping by...Christine

Marydon said...

Just thinking of Christ's birth makes me 'sing' ... the music is lifting ... the children bring smiles of joy.

Christmas hugs & wishes ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Amrita said...

Sounds like a holy place to worship. Focuse d on the Lord. i would love to be anointed with oil too.

GlowinGirl said...

It all makes me sing! I do especially love our Christmas Eve service when we all go forward to receive communion and get a candle to sing Silent Night. I just love the peace of that moment.

Tankene Ice Mist said...

The anticipation of Jesus's birthday and the lighting of the advent candles each Sunday are cherished blessings. I also love the excitement in my grandson Blake's voice as he tells his Nona he wants " a really big Nerf Gun that shoots arrows for hundreds of feet."
Merry Christmas. Sparkles